How to Disinfect Your Smartphone
March. 12, 2020
The CDC recommends that everyone “clean all “high-touch” surfaces every day” to protect against the spread of COVID-19. These surfaces include smartphones, tablets, keyboards, and other frequently-used items of technology.
We’ll be showing you how to do this safely, using the CDC’s recommendations of using “alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol” to kill microbes without damaging your device.
The other option is to use a smartphone sanitizer device that cleans using UV rays. However, these have not been tested for effectiveness against SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19.
For your smartphone, you should use 70% rubbing alcohol or alcohol-based disinfectant spray to wipe down the back and sides of your device. Don’t use bleach. Take a soft lint-free cloth and dip it into alcohol or spray it well with cleaning spray, then wipe down your device and let it dry. You can also use a disinfecting wipe that comes presoaked in a cleaning solution—as Apple says, a “70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes.”
When it comes to your screen, Apple’s advice is to use a 70% rubbing alcohol solution to wipe down the screen while taking care to reach the corners. Buffing the display with a dry, lint-free cloth to remove excess cleaning solution may help minimize the adverse effects on the oleophobic coating.
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